We’re teetering on a very fine line here with regard to copyright law and the jurisdiction of Homeland Security, but Buccaneers fans fretting over the loss of sports streaming site ATDHE.net needn’t fret for too long. Other sites that fill the same function, including a variation of ATDHE itself, were up within hours of the originals being shut down.
At the beginning of February, corresponding with Super Bowl week, the feds (Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, etc…) seized a number of sports streaming websites. While this would have stopped almost any sane group of people from continuing to push the proverbial envelope with regard to copyright violations, it has only emboldened the group that runs ATDHE and other similar streaming sites.
I doubt this will be the last battle between the NFL and sites like ATDHE. The NFL does have a legitimate complaint against sports streaming sites, they have the right to sell viewing rights to out of market games to cable providers and they are losing money every time someone streams a game. Of course the flip-side of that is that the NFL blacked out every home game in an economically challenged market and made it impossible for fans in that area to watch their favorite team legally. But that’s the NFL, the league that will pocket 4 billion dollars in TV revenues whether or not they play a game next season spent the last week before what could be their last game in a long time going after sites that stream their games. Here’s a novel concept, if the NFL CARES about the fans its about to alienate with all this lockout garbage how about next season, as an act of good faith, not blacking out any games?
If you stop blacking out Bucs games, Bucs fans will stop streaming them on pirate sites.